Core Communities in Crisis Task Force Issues Dire Warning About Pennsylvania Cities

Tom McMahon, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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Some somber news for Friday!

The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Core Communities In Crisis Task Force met at Albright College for their third and last session.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski told the group on Thursday that “our cities will start to topple like dominos in five to ten years.”  Reading’s Mayor, Tom McMahon, was less optimistic stating he predicts two to three years.

The task force calls for systemic reform via the state Legislature for such items as public pension plans and labor contract laws.  Archaic codes, inflexible taxing structures, mandated personnel benefits and rising costs are placing huge burdens on cities and municipalities across Pennsylvania. 

Reading Mayor Tom McMahon asked the question, “How much more can we extract from people?”  Pottstown feels your pain.  Many here are asking the same question!